Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He is the author and editor of many books, including Before Civilization, Archaeology and Language, Figuring it Out and Prehistory; and co-editor of The Archaeology of Measurement, The Sapient Mind, and (with Paul Bahn) Archaeology: The Key Concepts and The Cambridge World Prehistory.

Paul Bahn is a prehistorian and archaeological writer. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the standard introduction to cave art, Journey through the Ice Age, as well as Easter Island, Earth Island (with John Flenley), the Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology, and Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age (with Adrian Lister).

Suzanne Pilaar Birch is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Georgia. She is also director of the Quaternary Isotope Paleoecology Lab. Her research is focused on human adaptation and resilience to climate change and natural resource unpredictability in prehistory, and how our understanding of past human response to environmental change informs current thinking about these issues.

About Thames & Hudson:

In 1949 Walter and Eva Neurath founded Thames & Hudson, and 66 years later the company is still owned by the family. From the beginning, art was important to Thames & Hudson and today the company is without doubt the most important art book publisher in the world.

One of the company’s earliest successes was The World of Art, a series of inexpensive and accessible books that covers pretty much any topic in the history of art worldwide. Ask any artist or art historian about The World of Art and they will tell you how important the little black books have been in their education.

Thames & Hudson has published countless books about the leading artists of the day, such as Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol. We not only publish books about great art, but have also published books by famous artists: e.g. Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Howard Hodgkin, and Bill Viola. In addition, we publish important scholarly works, such as the complete letters of Vincent van Gogh and the complete paintings of Edvard Munch.

We have also published books about and by such architects as Zaha Hadid, Ricardo Legorreta, I. M. Pei, and Santiago Calatrava; such photographers as David Bailey, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Lee Miller; and important graphic and fashion designers and brands, such as Milton Glazer, Cartier, Chanel, and Manolo Blahnik.

And we publish the work of leading art historians and critics, such as Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Whitney Chadwick, T. J. Clark, Hal Foster, John Gage, Robert Hughes, Rosalind Krauss, Mary Ellen Miller, and Linda Nochlin.

As befits the world’s leading publisher of the visual arts, our standards of design and production are outstanding.